Voices Carry by P-RowmanLittlefield


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									Voices Carry
Author: Ying Ruocheng

Voices Carry is the moving autobiography of the late Ying Ruocheng, beloved Chinese stage and screen
actor, theatre director, translator, and high-ranking politician as vice minister of culture from 1986-1990.
One of twentieth-century China's most prominent citizens, Ying was imprisoned during the Cultural
Revolution and devised unique strategies for survival, including playing pranks on guards and keeping a
clandestine notebook. Ying's memoir opens with his prison years, and then flashes back to his boyhood
growing up in a prince's palace as a member of a progressive Manchu Catholic intellectual family. He also
details his experiences as a university student during the heady days when the People's Republic was
being founded, followed by his subsequent experiences on stage, in film, and in politics. A founding
member of the Beijing People's Art Theatre, Ying Ruocheng helped open its doors to Sino-American
exchange when he brought Arthur Miller to China to stage Death of a Salesman in 1983, playing the role
of Willy Loman in his own translation of the play. Simultaneously a "spy" for his own government and a
cultural ambassador for countless foreigners and fellow countrymen, Ying lived out his life as a bridge
between China and the West, gaining a singular perspective on matters related to culture and politics.
While suffering from cirrhosis of the liver during the final decade of his life, Ying Ruocheng reflected on his
experiences, collaborating with coauthor Claire Conceison to tell his s

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